St. Louis criminal defense attorney W. Scott Rose has more than 20 years of experience practicing law. He limits his practice exclusively to criminal and DWI defense work, including homicide defense in the St. Louis area.
Homicide is the unlawful killing of another. Under Missouri law, homicide crimes include: murder 1st degree, murder 2nd degree, and voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. Murder 2nd degree includes the crime of “felony murder,” in which a person is killed during (or as the result of) the commission of another felony crime or during (or as a result from) flight from another felony crime. Voluntary manslaughter is similar to murder 2nd degree except that the defendant was acting under the influence of sudden passion arising from adequate cause. Finally, manslaughter can be either manslaughter 1st degree, if the defendant acted recklessly, or manslaughter 2nd degree, if the defendant acted with criminal negligence.
If you ‘re facing a homicide charge in the greater St. Louis area, contact Rose Legal Services right away. We are happy to meet with your family and, if you are in custody, visit you at any of the local jails.
Homicide Charges in St. Louis
Homicide charges in St. Louis generally fall into three categories: murder 1st degree, murder 2nd degree, voluntary manslaughter, and involuntary manslaughter. Whether the accused is charged with one or the other is based on several factors, including:
- Whether the defendant planned to kill the person
- If the crime was committed during another crime like rape or assault
- If the crime was committed to cover up another crime like drugs trafficking
- If the defendant acted under the influence of sudden passion
- Whether the defendant acted recklessly or with criminal negligence
It is important that you immediately hire a homicide defense attorney